Archive for October, 2006

Trendscape: Floppy Hats

The Fall ‘06 runways were chock-full of floppy hats, thanks to designers like Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, and Proenza Schouler. Lucky for us, translating the look onto the streets is as easy as finding the right one for your face. If your face is narrow, opt for a small floppy hat. If your face is heart-shaped, pick a wider one.  Once you find your perfect floppy, bad hair days won’t ever seem so bad after all. 

P.S. Thanks, Lou, for the story idea!

Our $$$$ Pick

Eric Javits Luigi Floppy Hat
Eric Javits Luigi Floppy Hat |  $290 at Neiman Marcus

Our $$$ Pick

Nordstrom floppy hat
 Eric Javits ‘Squishee IV’ Wide Brim Hat | $190 at Nordstrom

Our $$ Pick

Amazon hat
Provence Floppy Hat | $39 at

Our $ Pick 

angora hat
Floppy Angora Hat | $15.99 at

October 31st, 2006

Vena Cava Hupert Dress

Vena Cava Hupert Dress Only the most stunning Little Black Dress we’ve Ever seen.

Lovingly designed by the strikingly down to earth duo behind Vena Cava: Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock.

$382 at Le Train Bleu.

October 31st, 2006

Omiru Poll Results: Striped Tops are On the Way Out

Omiru Poll Result: Striped Tops are On the Way Out

Omiru Poll Result: Striped Tops are On the Way OutWe asked: Are Striped Tops In or Out?

You said: You’re getting tired of the whole Striped Tops theme.  A slight majority (59%) voted them Out or On the Way Out.  Then again, 41% are still behind this classic pattern.

Omiru’s take:
Striped Tops are vanilla.  They’re boring.  They’re everywhere.  And while they’re a part of almost every wardrobe, we don’t think that they deserve to be placed front and center.  We like the idea of Striped Tops, but we would rather place the focal point of your outfit elsewhere.  Perhaps a fun accessory, a stunning coat, or a great skirt that shows off a little leg (despite the falling temperatures).  Same goes for men…minus the flirty skirt!

Next Question: Has casualwear taken over the workplace, or is there still room for fine tailoring by the watercooler?   Tell us, are Suits for Work In, or are they Out?  Cast your
vote on the sidebar! 

Pictured: C&C California Striped A Liner Tunic | $245 at Shopbop.

2 comments October 30th, 2006

Leather Girl Ring

Leather Girl Ring Traditional meets modern in this leather-gold cocktail ring.  Says designer Rickina Velte: "I like to always create pieces that are unexpected, and evoke an emotion, in most cases curiosity and happiness."

Rickina suggests pairing the ring with a wildly colorful top, flattering jeans, and black boots.  Or, she suggests, you can funk it up a bit and wear an ultra mini skirt, colorful leggings, ballerina flats, and a simple top.

Fun fact about Rickina?  She’s a total Racer chick.  Her alter ego, Rexy, drives a 2002 Subaru WRX and enjoys racing and showing up guys in their slow street compact cars!

$48 at Spipo.

October 30th, 2006

Friday Fashion Hotlist | 10.27.06

Issue No. 62 of the Friday Fashion Hotlist: a weekly compilation of the
cutest and coolest stuff Omiru’s Style Intelligence Report saw out there this

week, we’re spotlighting Cold Weather Accessories to style up your Winter look.  We present to
you a gorgeous pair of quilted driving gloves for women and a snazzy patterned scarf for men.

  Juicy Couture Quilted Suede and Leather Driving Glove
Juicy Couture Quilted Suede and Leather Driving Glove | $115 at
Not just for driving.

Moods of Norway Zig Zag Scarf
Moods of Norway Zig Zag Scarf | $33 at Azalea SF
Zig Zags turn a plain outfit into something to talk about.

3 comments October 27th, 2006

Metal Hoop Earrings

Emily Watson Hoop EarringsEmily Watson is as much an artist as she is a designer.  All of her production jewelry draws on structural elements from her art jewelry.  And her art jewelry, specifically her enamel work, is what offers her the chance to work out both conceptual and technical ideas. 

Fun fact about Emily?  She and her husband have lots of animals–2 very furry samoyed dogs and 5 cats.  Because her studio is attached to her house, the greatest obstacle she faces in her work is trying to keep fur out of everything she makes!

$200 at Emily Watson.

October 27th, 2006

Ready Made Outfit [Men]: Hoodie and a Tee

Take your Hoodie and T-Shirt combo up a notch on the style ladder by adding a jean jacket in a complementary color, a pair of cargo pants, and a pair of modern oxfords.  Extra points for the purposely mismatched shoes.

"Hoodie and a Tee" Fashion Formula = Jean Jacket + Hoodie + T-Shirt + Cargo Pants + Modern Oxfords.

Sherpa Cord Jean Jacket
Sherpa Cord Jean Jacket | $88 at Gap

Shaw Pond Hoodie
Shaw Pond Hoodie | $79.50 at Abercrombie & Fitch

Brown Sound Citrus Tree Tee
Brown Sound Citrus Tree Tee | $30 at Revolve Clothing

Rugged Cargo Pants
Rugged Cargo Pants | $49.95 (sale) at Gap

Camper \"Twins\" Oxford Shoes
Camper "Twins" Oxford Shoes | $150 at Nordstrom

October 26th, 2006

KidVisKous Heart Key Necklace

Heart Key Necklace by KidVisKous Fascinated by keys, designer Tiffany Lee was inspired to create the Heart Key necklace. 

She recommends pairing the necklace with cotton or linen button down shirts with frills, lace, or neck scarves.  Tuxedo style blouses, high necked knitted wrap dresses, or even simple low-necked tee shirts would also do this necklace justice.

Little known fact about Tiffany?  She has an obsession with food as fashion–and loves Jeremy Scott’s junk food collection.  Says Tiffany: "I painted watermelons on my shoes, I have watermelon and banana necklaces in my line, I have a skirt with a burgers and fries print." 

$46 at Le Fashionista.

October 26th, 2006

Halloween Ready Made Outfit: Mary Kate Olsen

If you’ve been dying to dress in the effortless, rock ‘n roll style of Mary Kate Olsen, Halloween is your chance to do it without looking like a poser. Bear with us–achieving MK’s look means a lot of black, a lot of layering, and a lot of accessories. And after you’ve got the outfit down, don’t forget to slouch a bit as you’re walking, and make sure the hoodie on your sweater is worn over your disheveled and nappy hair.

"Mary Kate Olsen" Fashion Formula = Black Hoodie + Men’s Oversized Tee + Skinny Black Jeans + Dark Sunglasses + Studded Belt + Quilted Handbag + Oval Ring + Peep Toe Pumps.

black hoodie
Twelfth Street By Cynthia Vincent Cashmere Zip Hoodie | $272 at Nordstrom

rock n roll tee
Rise and Fall Rock & Roll Tee | $38 at Urban Outfitters

black skinny jeans
BDG 5 Pocket Skinny Jean Black | $49 at Urban Outfitters

dark sunglasses
Diesel Black Frame Sunglasses | $229 at

studded belt
Black Non-leather 2 Row Pyramid Belt | $24 at Hot Topic

quilted bag
Diesel Quilted Double Zip Bag | $90 at Urban Outfitters

EXEX by Claudia Agudelo Oval Ring | $98 at

peep toe pumps
Guess "Jules" Peep Toe Pump | $110 at Macy’s

3 comments October 25th, 2006

Hope Keychain Necklace

Hope Keychain Necklace When a few fellow indie designers had suggested coming together to create a unique campaign for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Jen of Juniper Designs quickly jumped on board – what resulted was Indie For Awareness.  Jen created the Hope necklace specifically for this campaign, choosing the keyhole design for it’s overtly feminine connotations and the rose quartz for its healing properties as well as its hue!

Fun fact about Jen?  She sips tea every afternoon in a delicate little cup while rocking to the likes of the Ramones and Sex Pistols!

Until the end of October, 50% of the proceeds of the sale of this necklace will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Foundation.

$85 at Juniper Designs.

October 25th, 2006

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